If you’re looking for what we used to call Toyota-like reliability, the answer is a definite maybe:
After years of sterling reliability, Toyota is showing cracks in its armor, according to data from Consumer Reports’ 2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey. By contrast, Ford’s domestic brands have made considerable improvements.
How much is “considerable”?
Forty-one of 44 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models (93%) in CR’s survey scored average or better in predicted reliability. The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan are among the most reliable cars. They and the two-wheel-drive Ford F-150 V6 make up three of the only four domestic models on Consumer Reports’ “Most Reliable” list. In addition, new-for-2007 SUVs such as the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, as well as the freshened Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, were all average or above.
Meanwhile, Toyota’s having some problems:
The V6 version of the company’s top-selling Camry, and the four-wheel-drive V8 version of the Tundra pickup, both redesigned for 2007, now rate below average in Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability rating. (This rating does not apply to previous model years.) In addition, the all-wheel-drive version of the Lexus GS sedan also received a below average rating. Because Consumer Reports does not recommend models with below-average reliability, these models no longer make CR’s “Recommended” list.
This does not, of course, mean that Toyota is headed into a tailspin, or tailing into a headspin, or whatever; it does mean, however, that these new designs are having teething problems. (The old computer wisdom comes into play: never buy anything in version dot zero.)
Still, this has to be good news for Ford, which hasn’t had a whole lot of good news lately and would dearly like to move some Fusions and trucks.